Monday, April 24, 2017

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Has a New Dumbledore: Jude Law


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The actor will play a younger version of the professor in the next installment of J.K. Rowling’s franchise.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Given Release Dates (Again)


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Four follow-ups to James Cameron’s sci-fi spectacle are scheduled, with the first to be released in December 2020.

Review: Family Values and Hot Rides in ‘Fate of the Furious’


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Each installment of “Fast and Furious” is more enjoyably ludicrous than the last, even as the death of the star Paul Walker continues to hang over the franchise.

‘The Fate of the Furious’ Stays at No. 1 as New Films Prove Forgettable


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Five new movies arrived in wide release over the weekend, and not one managed more than $5.1 million in ticket sales.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ben Wheatley Narrates a Scene From ‘Free Fire’


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The director discusses a sequence from his action film.

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Sentences: From ‘Barkskins,’ by Annie Proulx


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Rarely is a writer quite so good at making words’ sounds match their meanings.

Marcel Ophuls’s ‘Memory of Justice,’ No Longer Just a Memory


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The monumental documentary about war and guilt is making its television premiere on HBO2.

Acorn TV, Urban Movie Channel, Shudder: Exploring Fringe Caves Online


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There are so many services to stream films that it is easy to get lost. But digging is half the fun.

Trump Proposed a Wall. They Imagined How It Would Work.


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Animators, documentarians and other filmmakers have found inspiration in the idea of a physical barrier at the United States-Mexico border.

With ‘Tramps,’ Netflix Digs Deeper for Original Films


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Adam Leon’s film, making its debut on April 21, will bypass theatrical release altogether after acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Review: ‘The Penguin Counters,’ Cheery in Treacherous Conditions


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This documentary follows biologists to Antarctica, where they estimate the animals’ numbers and gauge the damage of climate change.

Review: If the ‘Slack Bay’ Characters Ask You to Lunch, Don’t Go


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The French director Bruno Dumont’s look at two families will surprise viewers in a number of new and upsetting ways.

Review: ‘Behind the White Glasses,’ the Divisive Lina Wertmüller


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The Italian director was an important filmmaker in the 1970s, but Valerio Ruiz’s rambling portrait feels stuck in that particular moment.

Review: In ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,’ Love and Life on the Ropes


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Inspired by a true story, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” is a charmer about a boxer trying to win a championship and find his bliss.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Battle Over Two Films Represents Turkey’s Quest to Control a Narrative


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Critics of “The Ottoman Lieutenant” say it was aimed at undercutting another film, “The Promise,” by falsely painting the Armenian genocide as two-sided.

Review: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992,’ a Wrenching John Ridley Film


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Politicians, the police, victims and survivors deliver an oral history of the rising racial tensions that led to the early-1990s Los Angeles riots.

Cannes Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup


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Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, Todd Haynes and Michael Haneke will be among the directors competing for this year’s Palme d’Or.

Review: ‘Unforgettable’ Serves Up Yet Another Crazy Ex


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Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl star in a thriller that works a wearyingly familiar formula.

Review: ‘The Promise’ Finds a Love Triangle in Constantinople


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Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon star in this wartime romance with a heavy subject (genocide) but a corny plot.

Review: Brie Larson as a Gangster Wrangler in ‘Free Fire’


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Ben Wheatley’s formula for action-movie success: a best actress Oscar winner, dozens of firearms and a warehouse full of testosterone.

The Secrets of Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk


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The story behind one of the chef’s most memorable dishes.

Letter of Recommendation: Michigan


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Michiganders know the state gets a bad rap, but we remain captivated by its peculiar charms.

Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present


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How do we live with the fact that the world we knew is going and, in some cases, already gone?